Piling Collar

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Using the imagery of an original Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) piling collar artefact held at The MET Museum New York City, America, I chose to replicate the historical piece as part of exploration into embellishment and surface design. With exploration into different embellishment techniques including leather moulding, ageing and distressing, fabric manipulation, beading, surface design techniques and embroidery, I wanted to delve further into the intricacy of embroidery which this collar allowed me to follow since replicating rather than designing. 

The collar it self required pattern drafting and shape manipulation to allow embellishment to proceed. Since the original collar included several intricate pieces of imagery, I chose to use heat transfer image transfer onto the reverse side of the fabric to use as a reenforcement and a template for the hand embroidery of the Chinese and Geisha scenery. with the hand embroidery complete in the satin fabric, i moved onto the tier above the base collar and foiled the gold shape to create a background for the sequins above. I then embroidered over 3,500 gold sequins onto the individual shapes to then be sewn using complex construction processes of bagging out the intricate shaping. Finishes include the bound edging around the neckline and fastening edge, and hook and eye fastening to allow smooth silhouette over the neck and shoulders. 



Fabrics @whitelodgefabrics
Embroidery Materials @madeirathread

Sequins @peppybeadscrafts

Artefact Inspiration @metmuseum

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